11/10/2011 04:28 EST | Updated 01/09/2012 05:12 EST

Striking CAS workers to vote on new deal; 130 workers on strike since Oct. 17

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Striking workers with the Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society have voted down the latest contract offer.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 334 members have been on strike since mid-October over issues such as workload, job security, hours of work and layoff language.

Jennifer Smith, president of the OPSEU local, said the bargaining committee had recommended rejection of the offer.

The workers began the strike saying management had failed to show any interest in returning to the bargaining table.

OPSEU represents frontline social workers, child-protection workers and accountants serving 4,300 children in the Peterborough area.